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Is CenturyLink, Inc.(NYSE: CTL), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 11/05/1987. CenturyLink, Inc. is in the Telecom Services – Domestic industry and Technology sector. Average volume for CenturyLink, Inc., is 5208.4, and so far today it has a volume of 4845500. Performance year to date since the 11/05/1987 is 25.16%.

To help you determine whether CenturyLink, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 18 and forward P/E is 12.4. PEG perhaps more useful shows that CenturyLink, Inc. has a value for PEG of 77.25. P/S ratio is 0.9 and the P/B ratio is 1.16. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 36.76 and 6.79 respectively.

At the current price CenturyLink, Inc. is trading at, 30.33 (0.36% today), CenturyLink, Inc. has a dividend yield of 7.12%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 128.00%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.69, and this is looking to grow in the next year to -5.12% after growing 16.70% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 28.20%, and -1.10% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 530.87, and the number of shares float is 530.87. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.50%, and institutional ownership is at 76.00%. The float short is 9.95%, with the short ratio at a value of 10.15. Management has seen a return on assets of 1.90%, and also a return on investment of 6.30%.

The ability for CenturyLink, Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.8, and quick ratio is 0.7. Long term debt/equity is 1.39 and total debt/equity is 1.43. In terms of margins, CenturyLink, Inc. has a gross margin of 56.60%, with its operating margin at 14.80%, and CenturyLink, Inc. has a profit margin of 5.20%.

The 52 week high is -6.06%, with 43.53% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 8.93% and the 200 day simple moving average is 11.85%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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